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Man Drowns in Andrews Bay after Seafair on Sunday Night:

by Northwest Boating Information on 08/04/15

A tragic scene developed just after Seafair ended Sunday night. Seattle Harbor Patrol, USCG and other rescue vessels respond to a drowning on Lake Washington in Andrews Bay. After 2 diving attempts over a hour of searching, rescue divers recovered the body of a 32 year old man in about 45 feet of water.

Witnesses said the man fell off a 20-foot pleasure craft about 150 feet offshore. The man kept popping up to the surface and going under. Witnesses tried to intervene, but they were unable to help the man as he went under for the last time. The man was not wearing a life jacket and some witnesses claimed they heard the man did not know how to swim.

A large response team gathered at Lakewood Marina on Lake Washington boulevard to assist the marine response.



Coast Guard, local agencies rescue injured woman on Lake Washington during Seafair:

by Northwest Boating Information on 08/04/15

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Jeff Wildes from Station Seattle worked with local responders to stabilize and prepare an injured woman for transport on Lake Washington, Seattle, Aug. 2, 2015. A Seattle Police patrol boat along with Seattle Fire Dept. personnel safely transported the woman to Leschi and EMS personnel on shore. 

The 19-year-old woman sustained a severe leg injury after falling off a boat and was reportedly struck on her leg by a boat propeller. The vessel involved was towed in the Leschi marina as well.  Source: USCG News Room


Boat stranded in middle of U District intersection:

by Northwest Boating Information on 08/04/15

July 2015 | SEATTLE - Motorists driving through Seattle's University District were doing plenty of double-takes overnight after someone ditched or lost a boat in the middle of the street.

The boat, complete with outboard motor, landed in the busy intersection of NE 45th Street and Montlake Boulevard.

It was an odd scene until a tow truck showed up to haul the landlocked boat away. Source: KOMO News


More than 100 boats compete in Whidbey Island Race Week:

by Northwest Boating Information on 07/28/15

Sun and sails glistened on the waters of Penn Cove and Saratoga Passage as Whidbey Island Race Week 2015 wrapped up its 33rd regatta Friday, July 24.

More than 100 boats competed this summer.

Sixty-eight big boats battled in two divisions and nine classes through 11 races June 20-24.

Dinghy races were held for the first time, and 38, split over two divisions and five classes, participated in three races July 18 and 19. View full story with race results at Whidby News-Times.


2 helped by ferry crew, private vessel after boat overturns near Kingston on Monday July 27th.

by Northwest Boating Information on 07/28/15

KINGSTON, Wash. — Two people were rescued Monday near Kingston after their small boat overturned.

A rescue boat was lowered by the Washington State Ferry Walla Walla crew to help one of the people in the people in the water. Then another small boat came to help shortly after 11:15 a.m.

They were taken to the Port of Kingston Marina where medics evaluated the men, age 58 and 37. They were cold, but not seriously hurt.  Source: KIRO TV


Fire on boat handled:

by Northwest Boating Information on 07/28/15

Sometimes, fires can start even surrounded by water. At 4:33 p.m. Monday, July 27, U.S. Coast Guard and East Jefferson Fire Rescue vessels responded to a distress call of a fire in the walls of a 32-foot boat (left) headed from the Strait of Juan de Fuca toward Port Townsend.

The emergency vessels were able to intercept the boat just north of Point Wilson and safely extinguish the fire by 5:19 p.m. Six people were aboard, two adults and four children. The boat was towed to port by Vessel Assist. Source: PT leader | Photo by Jonathan Glover


Marine Area 7 South - San Juan Islands & Bellingham area is now open for Recreational Crab Fishing:

by Northwest Boating Information on 07/17/15

As of July 16th, 2015: This area is open Thursdays through Mondays each week through September 28th 2015. Crabbing will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Click here for details at WDFW.


Lake Union Boats Afloat Show Drops Anchor Wednesday, September 16th, 2015:

by Northwest Boating Information on 07/16/15

SEATTLE – July 2015 Seattle’s 37th annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show gets underway Wednesday Sept. 16th at 11am and continues through Sunday 20th, 2015. From ski boats to sailboats, trawlers to super yachts and everything in between, Boats Afloat has it all. It brings you all the best of boating in one place on beautiful South Lake Union, in sunny September. The show is open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm weekdays and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm weekends.

At the show you’ll find there’s a boat for every budget, activity and lifestyle. More than 50 distinct brands of yachts, brokers, and dealers from Washington, Oregon, California, Florida and British Columbia, Canada will display their boats. More than four dozen shore side exhibitors with professional services from marine finance and insurance to electronics, marinas, shipping, yacht linens and yacht maintenance will also exhibit at the show. And if that weren’t enough to entice you, there are tons of fun attractions for the entire family. View full press release here.



A Shake-up at Seafair - After 10 Years, Seafair President & CEO Beth Knox Announces Her Departure from the Organization:

by Northwest Boating Information on 07/08/15

Current Seafair Board Chair to Serve as Interim Chief Operating Officer; Knox to Depart at the End of August

Seafair Board Executive Team Applauds Knox’s Leadership; Has Begun National Search for Replacement  

SEATTLE – Seafair, Seattle’s award-winning premier summer festival, today announced that President and CEO Beth Knox will end her 10-year tenure with the organization following this year’s festival. Knox will step down effective Aug. 31.

The nonprofit organization’s board Executive Committee has begun a national search for her replacement. In the meantime, Seafair Festival Board Chair David Willis has been appointed to the interim role of chief operating officer, to ensure continuity through the transition. To do so, he has resigned from the volunteer board. View full press release here.

Beth came under fire last year when she denied Fallen Soldiers group to march in last year's Torchlight Parade and was pressured to reverse course. No word if this was the catalyst of the cause but it will be interesting how this years events play out as most of the current staff is fairly new to Seafair.



Man to face homicide charges in deadly boat crash:

by Northwest Boating Information on 07/07/15

King 5 report and update on deadly crash:

On Saturday night July 4th > Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, in Seattle, were notified by Pierce County 911 operators of an alcohol-related collision between two boats and four people in the water at 11 p.m. A boat carrying four people reportedly collided with another boat carrying two people, resulting in serious injuries. The vessel carrying four people then capsized, sending four people into ...the water. Pierce County marine units transferred the two injured people to Harborview Medical Center.

Pierce County marine units recovered the three other people from the water. The operator of the boat was subsequently arrested by the Tacoma Police Department and taken into custody. The fourth person from the capsized vessel is still missing. None of the people in the water were reportedly wearing life jackets.

On Sunday July 5th the Coast Guard suspended the active search for a missing boater near Tacoma, Sunday at 1 p.m.


Boaters Find Newest Portable Outboard Fuel Tanks Not All They're Cracked Up to Be: Installing Fuel-Demand Valve Wise Move:

by Northwest Boating Information on 07/01/15

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 30, 2015 – Owners with outboard powered boats have lived with portable fuel tanks for years, but recent well-intentioned efforts to stop smog-causing gas fumes from escaping by eliminating the familiar two-way vent is causing new concerns. Without a vent – typically a small screw type fixture on the tank’s cap or top – a portable tank can swell up like a balloon in the hot sun with the internal pressure forcing gas into the outboard where it can spew inside the cowling, eventually dribbling out. It’s a wise move to install an inexpensive fuel-demand valve in the fuel line that will prevent any gas from reaching the motor unless the motor calls for it, and BoatUS has a video and easy to follow instructions to show you how.

“Our members are telling us that the new tanks aren’t all they are cracked up to be,” said BoatUS Magazine Executive Editor Mike Vatalaro. “These new EPA compliant portable tanks and jerry jugs have special fittings that greatly reduce evaporative emissions from gasoline. But where traditional tanks simply vent to the atmosphere, the new tanks won’t vent until the internal pressure reaches five pounds per square inch. In the meantime, fuel could be forced up the fuel line into the outboard, many of which have no means to hold it back.”

“Leaving the tank disconnected just results in the same gush of gas once you do hook it up, either from the tank end or through the engine,” added Vatalaro. “Installing an inexpensive fuel-demand valve in the fuel line will prevent any gas from reaching the motor unless the motor calls for it.” The video and instructions can be viewed below.

The video was done in partnership with the American Boat & Yacht Council ( and is part of BoatUS Magazine’s Practical Boater series that offers skills building, techniques and best practices to get the most out of boating. Source: Boat U.S.


Seattle sailing tradition helps get everyone out on the water:

by Northwest Boating Information on 07/01/15

SEATTLE -- Look at any marina around the Puget Sound area and you'll see plenty of boats, but how often do they get used? In Seattle, there's a tradition that's getting sailors and their crew out on the water every Thursday. And if you haven't experienced it, now may be the perfect time to try.

Elliott Bay Marina hosts the Downtown Sailing Series for the sole purpose of getting people out there on the water.

"If you only take your boat out four weekends a year, then you're not really a safe person because you know you're just not comfortable," said Dwight Jones, general manager at the marina and co-founder of the series. "You get out every Thursday for 10 weeks, you're a much better boater and that's the whole idea."

Even though it starts at the marina, you don't have to keep a boat there to get involved. All sailboats are welcome; the skippers race around three different buoys, cruising from the marina to downtown Seattle, then back up to Magnolia.

"The sailors have gotten better, the boating, quality of boating, the safety, people have just become much better sailors," Jones said. "Because of this, everybody's just having a good time now instead of worrying about the rules of the road."

And this weekly sailing series is not just for boaters. Non-boaters can sign up for a chance to get on one of the boats. The Seattle Sailing Club sponsors a few boats each week that take guests on board, who can either choose to jump into action with the rest of the crew or just sit back and enjoy the ride.  

And of course, anyone and everyone should come check it out at least once from a land lover's perspective. All you need to do is choose your vantage point of Elliott Bay. You could pack a picnic lunch and hang out in a park on Queen Anne, the Magnolia bluff or down in Olympic Sculpture Park.

The series starts at 7 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 6 and usually wraps up by 8 p.m. | Source: KOMO News


Jeppesen’s C-Map 4D Charts Now Compatible With New and Existing Raymarine MFDs and Dragonfly Chartplotters:

by Northwest Boating Information on 06/30/15

June 2015: Cape Cod, Mass.— Jeppesen’s C-MAP 4D electronic charts are now compatible with a range of new Raymarine multifunction displays (MFDs) and Dragonfly chartplotters, bringing trusted C-MAP data and a host of innovative features to a broad audience of boaters around the world. In addition to working with new-model Raymarine MFDs, C-MAP4D is also compatible with existing Raymarine MFDs sold after December 2011 (once owners take advantage of a free update to Raymarine’s latest LightHouse II software). This update is currently available through Raymarine’s website or through authorized Raymarine dealers.  View full story at Sea Magazine.


From beyond the NW: Lake Country B.C. > Video of boat removal.

by Northwest Boating Information on 06/30/15

ORIGINAL JUNE 22: Power boat run ashore.

Police in Lake Country are investigating the case of a power boat being run ashore in Okanagan Centre....

The 26-foot cabin cruiser was discovered grounded about 8:30 a.m., about 100 metres south of the Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour.

"The boat was run right out of the water and almost into the woods," said Lake Country Fire Chief Steve Windsor.

While RCMP say there is no indication at this point the boat was stolen, they have not been able to reach the registered owner, and Windsor said it is suspected the owner may not have been behind the wheel.

No one was in the boat when fire rescue arrived on scene; it appeared as if it had been abandoned.

RCMP spokesman Cpl. Joe Duncan said three people were witnessed walking away from the area and getting into a white truck, which then left the area.
Source: Kelowna News | link to story.

CLIPPER - AROUND THE WORLD race will stop in Seattle in 2016:

by Northwest Boating Information on 06/26/15

Seattle has been revealed as a new US host port in the Clipper 2015-16 Race at the end of the challenging 5,600 mile month-long North Pacific leg from Qingdao in China.

The race will reach Seattle in mid-April 2016 for the first time in our 19-year history. The fleet will be berthed in the city’s Bell Harbor Marina before setting off on the US Coast-to-Coast leg which will again conclude in New York City via the Panama Canal.

This is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other. With no previous sailing experience necessary, it’s a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht. All that is asked of participants is a good level of fitness, an age over 18 - and a thirst for adventure into the unknown. Divided into eight legs and 16 individual races, you can choose to complete the full circumnavigation or select individual legs. It is the only race in the world where the organisers supply a fleet of twelve identical racing yachts, each with a fully qualified skipper to safely guide the crew. Click here for race details.


Five pulled from Lake Washington after boats collide:

by Northwest Boating Information on 06/26/15

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. — Five people were rescued from Lake Washington after two boats collided near Mercer Island.

Police say a boat with five on board sank after it crashed into a fishing boat carrying two people at 12:30 a.m. Friday.

The crash occurred on the east side of Mercer Island between the island and Newcastle Beach Park.

The King County Sheriff’s Office chopper Guardian One illuminated the victims so police on rescue boats could retrieve the victims from the water.

They were treated for exposure but are otherwise fine. Water temperature overnight was 76 degrees. The two people on the fishing boat made it to shore. Source: KIRO 7 News.

Video of rescue:


Drought affecting how Corps officials manage Chittenden Locks:

by Northwest Boating Information on 06/24/15

Press Release - June 2015:
SEATTLE – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials anticipate Lake Washington’s level will drop below 20 feet this summer, the first time since October 1987, and are taking steps to conserve water during this year’s drought....

Current forecasts indicate the lake could drop below 20 feet by August with levels continuing to drop until September or October. A lake level drop to 19 feet or lower is possible given the extremely low inflows to the lake this year and recreation vessels should expect delays at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, or Ballard Locks as they are locally known.

The Corps is now maximizing lockage efficiency by increasing the number of recreational vessels in each locking and adding more recreational vessels with commercial vessels. By increasing the number of vessels for each locking, recreational vessels could experience up to one hour delays waiting for additional vessels to arrive. As lake levels change, additional measures could be implemented. View full press release here:


30 vessels lost in Narrows Marina fire:

by Northwest Boating Information on 06/21/15

TACOMA, Wash. -- Against the picture perfect backdrop of a spotless blue sky it rose to attention. Thick, black smoke seen from miles around.

From the U.S. Open gallery at Chambers Bay, to spectators out on the water and neighbors on shore, Saturday's fire was hard to miss.

The fire started around 4:45 Saturday afternoon. Tacoma Fire said quick action kept the flames from spreading to the rest of Narrows Marina.

Witnesses said the fire started in a locked building. 30 boats and other vessels were destroyed. Tacoma Fire said $4 million in damage was done. Source - KING 5 News.

Boat sinks to bottom of Andrews Bay on Lake Washington:

by Northwest Boating Information on 06/21/15

Seattle police say their harbor patrol unit was already nearby when a call came in alerting them to a sinking boat Saturday evening.

The U.S. Coast Guard says two people were escorted off the boat by the harbor patrol before they even touched water.

By 9 p.m., the boat had sunk to the bottom of Andrews Bay in Lake Washington by Seward Park. 

Seattle police say the boat will need to be recovered by a private company.  Source: KIRO TV.


Blocks & Cables left behind by Protest Barge removed from West Seattle Diving area off Alki:

by Northwest Boating Information on 06/20/15

Global Diving & Salvage safely and successfully removed debris from Cove 2 off Alki without causing any further damage to the dive park.

An environmental activist group moored a barge known as the Solar Pioneer in Alki Seacrest Park. In the process of mooring, the activist group dropped concrete blocks and thick steel mooring cables which damaged a popular underwater park known as Alki Cove 2. As the barge rose and fell with the tides, the steel mooring cables swept the area underneath, causing additional collateral damage to the marine environment as well as endangering recreational divers.

Royal Dutch Shell, Foss Maritime, and John Sellers (the operator of the Solar Pioneer), contributed to the financial costs in the cleanup effort and future restoration work. Source: West Seattle Blog.



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